Drama Therapy

What is Drama Therapy?

“Drama therapy is defined as the intentional use of drama and theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Processes and techniques may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, and enactment. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced.” (NADTA)

What is a drama therapist?

“Drama therapists provide psychotherapy for individuals living with mental health and behavioural concerns that may result in psychological suffering, impaired relationships, or distress in daily activities. A Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) is certified in the practice of drama therapy. The educational requirements for the RDT involve: A master’s or doctoral degree in drama therapy from a program accredited by the North American Drama Therapy Association OR a master’s or doctoral degree in theater or a related profession (psychology, social work, special education, recreational therapy, nursing) with additional in-depth training in drama therapy through NADTA’s alternative training program.” (NADTA)

What is the professional organization for this field?

North American Drama Therapy Association

What is the credentialing organization for this field?

North American Drama Therapy Association

Resources
NCCATA
VA Creative Arts Festival